People against B.C.’s vaccine card lined the side of Highway 1 in Salmon Arm today, Sept. 1.
Demonstrators of all ages wielded signs with slogans such as “honk if you’re against the vaccine passport” and “say no to mandatory vaccines.”
Some drivers passing by honked in support while others did not.
A few people in vehicles with signs and flags did laps of the stretch of Highway 1 between 3rd and 5th Street SW where the demonstrators were mostly set up, while honking their horns.
A few smaller pockets of demonstrators were seen along the side of the Trans-Canada Highway at different locations within city limits.
The vaccine card protest in Salmon Arm, which began before 1 p.m. and was still ongoing at 3 p.m., occurred on the same day as others across B.C.
Melanie Brault from Enderby told the Observer the issue is freedom of choice.
She said at 22 she was given a vaccine for Hepatis A and B that prevented her from being able to have children. She said she also lost feeling in her left leg and almost the ability to walk. She said she can’t take the COVID-19 vaccine because her immune system is now compromised.
She doesn’t contest people choosing to take the vaccine but she contests the “vaccine passport,” which she thinks will become more and more restrictive for more people, particularly with a booster requirement.
She said there are extremists on both sides of the argument “who are ruining it for everybody.”
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